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Paris, Rome, Barcelona- The cities of Europe are destinations to visit and rightly so. But the small towns of the continent are also dreamy, and this is exactly why we decided to include them in today’s top. Here are some of the most unusual places to visit in Europe, from the humble fishing towns to the medieval power stations on the hills.

1. Nafplio, Greece

Nafplio, Greece
The beautiful Nafplio is a town on the Aegean Sea, with a Venetian castle mirrored in the water. In fact, the city has several charming castles, which visitors are delighted with. It was the first capital of modern Greece, so there are many things to see.

2. Giethoorn, The Netherlands

Giethoorn, The Netherlands
It’s called “Dutch Venice.” Giethoorn is a picturesque town which, unlike the Italian version, is not crowded with tourists. Like Venice, it is flooded, there are no cars in the center, so the only way to get there is on foot or by water. There is also a Michelin-starred restaurant, Hollands-Venetië.

3. Roscoff, France

Roscoff, France
Port cities can be dirty. But little Roscoff is picturesque and prosperous because of the maritime trade. Today, it is a thalassotherapy center, using seawater to treat medical conditions.

4. Korčula, Croatia

Korcula, Croatia
The locals say that the adventurer Marco Polo was born here, but the Venetians dispute that. In any case, it is a beautiful city, with bright white streets and stone-carved buildings. Once you find yourself here you might think that you were transported to another world, one of fairytale.

5. Tarnow, Poland

Tarnow, Poland
A city with beautiful medieval buildings reminiscent of Krakow before it became a major tourist destination. Old Town Square is a mixture of architectural styles, a beautiful Gothic church, and Jewish heritage, although the community was removed during World War II.

6. Bremen, Germany

Bremen - Germany

The only appearance in Germany, a beautiful town that was relatively free from the bombings of World War II, has a very well-preserved heritage of the Hanseatic League of which it was a part of. The preserved historical center is today part of the UNESCO patrimony. Being in Germany, we have, of course, discipline, top infrastructure, and cleanliness. The modern trams that cross the historic center blend harmoniously with the old architecture. The facades rebuilt after the war look good, but they can still be seen, the city losing points in terms of authenticity.

7. Toledo, Spain

Toledo - Spain
The former medieval capital of Spain, located just 70 kilometers from the current capital Madrid, is a beautiful and well-preserved town. The entire historical center is included in the UNESCO heritage. The medieval fortress surrounded by high walls and the Tagus River was a point of Christian resistance to the Muslim invaders, and today it houses important faculties and buildings of the Army, thus managing to keep the city in the city-state with people living in it, no just an open-air museum full of tourists.

8. Cassis, France

Cassis - France
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities on the South Coast of France. This small town in a natural bay has retained the old charm of France and has not allowed any real estate development in its old center. The town known for its wine production and as the gateway to the Calanques National Park is the perfect place to find a small French terrace from where you can enjoy a glass of wine and a view of the Mediterranean. Being located next to no highway or major railway, it was spared the large flow of tourists who stay nearby in Marseille or Nice, so the locals are able to see most of their lives in peace.

9. Guimarães, Portugal

Guimaraes, Portugal
Guimarães is essential for the history of Portugal. The city was named the country’s first capital in the 12th century, and its medieval core remains largely intact, full of monasteries, grand old palaces, and a crumbling castle built on a rock. As everywhere in Portugal, local bakeries are one of the country’s surprises, but here you should try the local specialty: torta di Guimarães – a dish stuffed with pumpkin and ground almonds.

10. Anghiari, Italy

Anghiari, Italy
The city is located on a hill near the border between Tuscany and Umbria. Anghiari is a delight, at first sight, being a walled city that surrounds it. It is a pedestrian labyrinth of alleys and streets, full of great buildings that were erected by the mysterious mercenary “gunmen” who lived here during the Renaissance. Find out more about them at the Museo della Battaglia di Anghiari, which traces the history of a major medieval battle taking place on a plain outside the city.

11. Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
There is no other city in the whole world more fashionable than this charming fairytale city in South Bohemia, Cesky Krumlov. It’s like stepping into warped weather, small cobbled roads, bridges in any direction you wouldn’t look, and oh, there’s no McDonald’s here!

12. Marsaxlokk, a beautiful fishing town in Malta

Marsaxlokk, Malta
This city in Malta is the main and largest fishing village in the whole country. It is colorful, playful, and full of Maltese spirit. Marsaxlokk is popular for its daily outdoor market, its selection of the best fish restaurants on the island, it’s quiet coastal and harbor walks, and its secluded and spotless swimming areas.

13. Bibury, England

Bibury, England
Arlington Row, a 16th-century row of beautiful, sloping-roofed cottages, is probably the most photographed street in Bibury, England. This small town is filled with the charm of the old world and could certainly be called the most charming in England.

14. Albarracin, Spain

Albarracin, Spain

Some would say that Albarracin is the most charming village in all of Spain. Just two hours from Valencia and 30 minutes by train from Teruel, Albarracin is the only provincial capital in mainland Spain without a direct train from Madrid, making it one of the most isolated places in the country.

For the most part, the reason someone comes to Albarracin is to spend hours walking through the streets of the city, which are lined with strange houses rehabilitated to look like in medieval times.

15. Pucisca, Croatia

Pucisca, Croatia

Croatia has really and truly opened up to tourism in recent years, so it can no longer be as big a secret as it once was; however, a visit to the Dalmatian coast at least once in a lifetime is an absolute must. This little gem, Pucisca, explains why!

Pucisca is a town in the middle of the northern part of the island of Brac in the Adriatic Sea. Its charm is the stone houses, beautifully built with white paved roofs. Pucisca has always been known for its stone wall culture.

16. Manarola, Italy

Manarola, Italy

The picture says it all – Manarola should be the most charming little town on the Italian coast. But there is so much more to see!

This small fishing town in the province of La Spezia, Liguria, in northern Italy, stretches down a precipice on the wild and rugged coast of the Ligurian Sea. It is just one of five small towns in a section of the Italian Riviera, known as the Cinque Terre.

17. Reine, Norway

Reine, Norway
If you feel the need to get rid of everything, flee to Norway and find shelter in a fisherman’s red hut. Have you ever felt such a desire? Probably because you haven’t seen Reine, a Norwegian fishing village with a population of only about 300 people. This small fishing village in Norway is so picturesque – if a picture can replace a thousand words, this one can replace double. Amazing!

18. Mostar, Bosnia, and Herzegovina

Mostar, Bosnia, and Herzegovina
The small town of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the most underrated destinations in Europe. Mostar is the fifth largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with an interesting history and a striking appearance. The famous city stretches along the banks of the Neretva River, dividing a vibrant community of Bosnians and Croats, occupying every part of the city.

19. Freiburg, Germany

Freiburg, Germany
Freiburg, more commonly known as “Freibourg,” is also known as the “Jewel of the Black Forest.” By German standards, it is an important city in this region. Freiburg serves as a residence for about 230,000 people and is located in southwestern Germany on the edge of the Black Forest. It is an attractive and relaxed city with a high quality of life for citizens and visitors alike.

20. Goreme, Turkey

Goreme, Turkey
This city has been dug into hard rock – truly incredible! Goreme is a city in Cappadocia, a historical region of Turkey, and has a population of about 2,000 people. The village of Goreme is the most attractive settlement in the region and an unsurpassed example of the harmony of man and nature. It is simply an open-air museum, resembling a vast monastic complex of dozens of monasteries placed side by side, each with its own fantastic church.

21. Ghent, Belgium

Ghent, Belgium
Ghent is one of the two hidden Flemish charms (next to Bruges). Just a short 20-minute train ride from its more popular neighbor, Ghent, is just as charming, but in a completely different way – be sure to visit to see why! Ghent is one of the greatest discoveries in Europe, small enough to feel comfortable but big enough to stay vibrant.

22. Arosa, Switzerland

Arosa, Switzerland
Arosa is located at the romantic end of the Schanfigg Valley, at an altitude of about 1800 meters above sea level. With an impressive range of mountain peaks around it, Arosa Lenzerheide is just as attractive for long walks in summer as it is in winter, offering a wide variety of sports activities.

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